|On December 13, 2009, dozens of Chinese and Japanese monks hold a religious rally to mourn the 300.000 victims killed by Japanese troops in the Nanjing Massacre 72 years ago at the Memorial Hall for Compatriots killed in the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Forces of Aggression.(Xinhua/Han Yuqing)|
China's top legislature is considering designating two new national days, one to mark victory in the anti-Japanese war and the other to commemorate victims in the Nanjing Massacre, it announced on Tuesday.
September 3 is expected to be the victory day and December 13 the national memorial day for massacre victims, according to two draft decisions submitted for review at the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress which runs from Tuesday through Thursday.
It is extremely necessary to set the days through legislative procedures to reflect the will of the Chinese people, said Li Shishi, director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee, while reporting to the legislative body.
Lawmakers, political advisors and people from all walks of life have repeatedly proposed setting the two dates as national days, Li said.
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